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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The most dominant runner at Jamaicas national track and field championships this summer was not a superstar sprinter like Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake or Veronica Campbell-Brown.It was Kemoy Campbell.Meet the best distance runner in Jamaica -- yet unlike Bolt, Blake and the sprint stars, hes far from being a favorite for a medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics this summer. Campbell literally lapped the field at the national championships, winning the 5,000-meter run by 2 minutes over the second-place finisher. Thats an absurd margin for a big-time race, one that basically equates to someone prevailing in a 100-meter dash by 2 1/2 seconds.Campbell has no competition in his homeland. Jamaica is an Olympic sprinting superpower, but when it comes to the rest of the track and field program the tiny nation is on shaky footing at best.When I come here to race, Im racing by myself, Campbell said, somewhat dejectedly.Jamaica has won 66 track and field Olympic medals, coming home with at least one in each of the last 12 Summer Games. Of those, 63 were claimed in events where runners needed to go 400 meters or less, two others were won in 800-meter runs (in 1948 and 1952) and only one -- James Beckfords silver in the long jump at the 1996 Atlanta Games -- came in a field event.This summers team is again speedster-dominant: Of the 59 track athletes Jamaica plans to send to Rio, 42 will be running or hurdling over distances of 400 meters or less.Even after all of Bolts success and stature as a global superstar, even after Jamaica winning 10 gold medals in the last two Summer Olympics, theres still not enough resources to go around to every discipline in the track and field program. So the athletes in the other events tend to toil in anonymity, some of Jamaicas national champions unable to even hit the Olympic qualifying standards and earn a spot in Rio.We need more resources, said Orlando Thomas, the Jamaican national champion in javelin -- with a winning throw that would have earned him 17th place at this years NCAA Division I mens championships. Better quality equipment, better support, better resources.Thomas isnt going to Rio, after not reaching the Olympic minimum to be part of the elite field. Jamaica is sending seven throwers, including three women in discus for the first time. Each of those women had met the Olympic qualifying standard before the national meet, but still needed to finish in the top three there to earn the Olympic berth -- and did so despite the surface from which they were throwing from being less-than-ideal.I did what I needed to do, said Florida State junior Kellion Knibb, one of those three Olympic discus qualifiers, adding that the conditions were terrible.Its not uncommon for Jamaicans to find their way to the United States for college or training. Campbell, the 5,000-meter champion, ran at Arkansas and now trains in the Boston area. Clive Pullen, who will represent Jamaica in the triple jump at the Rio Games, also competes for Arkansas. College coaches from all over the U.S. were at the national meet in Kingston earlier this month, looking for talent.The facilities here arent the worst, but arent the best, Pullen said as he overlooked National Stadium in Kingston. Thats why you see field event athletes like myself move on to the states, to study in college and get the gurus over there to help nurture us. For sure, if I was a sprinter, I would be here. We have gurus here for sprinting. But for what I have, I am grateful. And Im grateful to have a chance to represent my country.Pullen knows Jamaica doesnt have much, but takes immense pride in what it has.Compared to other Third World countries, Pullen said, we are doing phenomenal.He says theres reason for hope, and he wasnt the only one to say so even after a meet where there was one -- thats right, one -- person to clear any height in the pole vault championship, no male or female high jumpers able to reach the Olympic standard, yet where the last-place finisher in the mens 5,000 got some of the loudest cheers of the weekend.And that was for finishing 4 minutes behind Campbells winning time.The depth in every event isnt there yet for Jamaica, Thomas said. Not yet. Maybe someday we will get there. Maybe someday I will get there and put Jamaica on the map for javelin, too. Vente Balenciaga . With the first unit struggling of late and Amir Johnson - one of the teams iron men - hobbling on an injured right ankle, Patterson knew he could get the nod in a challenging matchup against one of the leagues up and coming players at his position. Fausse Air Max 95 Pas Cher . Q: Team Canada announces their Olympic roster three weeks from today. Who is general manager Steve Yzerman watching? LeBrun: Over the last 48 hours, hes taken in the home-and-home between the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche with Jamie Benn and Matt Duchene being the obvious targets. . -- Its been a long road back for Sean Bergenheim. Fausse Air Max 270 Pas Cher .35 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. Plouffe batted .254 with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs in 477 at-bats last season, his second as a regular in the lineup. Air Force 1 Pas Cher France . -- Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson asked his players a simple question during Fridays morning shootaround: How many of them had ever been on a team 14 games over . Heading into the 2016 Rio Olympics, you wrote about the depression Allison Schmitt experienced after the 2012 London Games, and what she has done to seek help and eventually share her story. How do you approach the reporting for such an intensely personal and challenging subject like an athletes mental health??Ive wanted to write about post-Olympic depression for a long time. Athletes reference it a lot, and there are stories about it around every Games, but I found most of those pieces dealt in generalities and were very predictable. The suicides of Olympic athletes Ive covered have made me heartsick. I wanted to drill deep into one athletes story in a way that could touch others.?I didnt know much about Allison except that shed won a bunch of medals at London 2012 and trained with Michael Phelps. Id been around her only in large group situations where she always seemed guarded. I was very surprised at the content of the initial interviews she did with the Associated Press and The Baltimore Sun in the spring-summer of 2015, after her cousins suicide. I covered the Pan American Games in Toronto that July and watched her demeanor on th

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